Tiger Woods on Tuesday said he hopes to “put all the pieces together” as he prepares for his title defense of The Masters.
Woods, a five-time Masters champ, tees off on No. 10 at 7:55 a.m. ET when the first round begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club. His pairing includes Shane Lowry and amateur Andy Ogletree. Daylight considerations necessitate players going off on Nos. 1 and 10.
Woods, 44, has had a rough go of it since the restart in June, failing to finish in the top 35 of the six tournaments he has played. Further, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and failed to qualify for the Tour Championship.
“I haven’t put all the pieces together and hopefully that will be this week,” Woods said.
Woods nixed a practice round Tuesday but is planning to play nine holes Wednesday, weather permitting.
“My body is feeling better than I did last year, so it was a little bit easier to hit those shots,” he said. “Hopefully this year, I’ll be as consistent as I was last year. Last year, I was able to hit a lot of really good iron shots and I putted great. I had a great feel of the greens.”
Emotional memories of 4th Masters title
Woods got choked up recounting his victory last year and the walk up to the 18th hole.
“That was one of the most … I still get chills thinking about it … feelings coming up 18 and knowing that all I had to do was two-putt that 15-footer,” Woods said. “Walking up there trying not to lose it and still saying, ‘Hey, I’ve still got to two-putt this.'”
In addition to 2019, Woods won the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.
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